Motivate Employees with Investment in People and Strong Leadership Strategies

by: Nichole Gunn October 14, 2010

Keeping employees’ motivation in high gear is a challenging endeavor. Melissa Carslake, a writer for FreshBusinessThinking.com, offered some insights into retaining employees and keeping them motivated.

Carslake’s advises, “You don't need to spend a lot of money to make your people feel motivated and valued. Quite often a telephone call from a senior manager congratulating a team member on a 'good week' is equally as effective as an offer of a training course or gift voucher.”

She goes on to explain that continuing to invest in employees as people is a must, along with secure business decisions that are necessary to keep your business profitable. Keep employees abreast of what’s going on in the company, even if the news isn’t popular at the moment.

In regard to employee motivation, Carslake pinpoints 3 elements needed for successful motivation:

1. Have the right people in the right jobs

2. Provide employees with the necessary tools and support

3. Set obtainable goals and objectives

Other tips are to “continue to celebrate success, coach people on specific challenges and address any difficult issues they face.” In addition, leadership skills are essential; inspiration is a key element, but on the flip side it’s important to know when to let go of an employee who cannot manage the job. Keeping him or her on board can have negative affects on the rest of the staff.

In line with Carslake’s motivation article, Baseline Magazine took a poll of 500 companies to determine strategies for motivating employees in the current economy. The findings showed that employees want “an energetic and fun workplace” along with, if not more than, large bonuses and raises.